2017.001.003

Deanimation
30" x 20"
Unique (edition of 1)
Archival pigment print
Conservation grade frame package
Frame handmade with reclaimed old-growth pine
Printed and mounted and framed by the artist
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This is a print which captures the motion of flowing water in the Tuolumne river. Off to the right is a bit of turbulence that generates bubbles which are carried downstream.

Notice how a demarcation line forms at the boundary of the primary flow. You can clearly see the separation between the mainstream and sidestream. What is perhaps most intriguing is the behavior of bubbles to approach the boundary and then do a kind of u-turn or loop to return to the primary flow. It is almost as if they were bouncing off of an invisible wall. These loops also resemble the mathematical curve known as a cycloid. You may ask yourself if there is any connection here.

Here are two videos which demonstrate how the work is created. This first one is the original – before any algorithmic processing.

Because the video is captured on a sturdy tripod, you can see how the background remains stable and the only motion that comes through is that of the moving subjects.

This second video is a visualization of the blending algorithm which reveals the motion of the bubbles. You can see how crisp tracks will develop as these natural tracers move along their complex trajectories. The algorithm also has a particularly alluring effect on the water itself – as if it was taken out of time, or in a state of suspension.

The final art image is created from the full accumulation of these blends.


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